December 2010 Review

        December Average Temperature Data:

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - Present)

Mean

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

20.7 

20.2 

+0.5 

 N/A

 30.9 / 2001

 7.3 / 1989

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - Present)

Mean

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

 21.9

23.7 

 -1.8

 N/A

31.4 / 2001 

12.9 / 1989 

 

Alpena (1916 - Present)

Mean

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

 23.5

 24.0

 -0.5

 N/A

32.3 / 1923 

12.5 / 1989 

 

Traverse City* (1897 - Present)

Mean

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

 25.8

 26.4

 -0.6

 N/A

37.6 / 1913 

 16.2 / 1989

 

Gaylord** (1951 - Present)

Mean

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Warm/Year

Record Cold/Year

21.5 

23.0 

 -1.5

 N/A

 31.4 / 1982

 12.2 / 1989

                                

                                        December Precipitation Data:

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - Present)

Precipitation

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

 1.73

 2.91

 -1.18

 N/A

 6.24 / 1995

 0.45 / 1913

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - Present)

Precipitation

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

 1.12

 1.75

 -0.63

 N/A

 4.60 / 2008

0.18 / 1960 

 

Alpena (1916 - Present)

Precipitation

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

 1.33

 1.83

 -0.50

 N/A

 5.07 / 1996

0.39 / 1994 

 

Traverse City* (1930 - 1996 : 2001 - Present)

Precipitation

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

 2.37

 2.66

 -0.29

 N/A

 6.95 / 1996

0.56 / 1935 

 

Gaylord** (1940 - Present)

Precipitation

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Wettest/Year

Record Driest/Year

 1.35

 3.20

 -1.85

 8th Driest

 5.38 / 1985

 0.83 / 1997

 

                     December Snowfall Data:

Sault Ste Marie (1888 - Present)

Snowfall

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Snowiest/Year

Record Least Snow/Year

 18.5

 36.3

 -17.8

 N/A

 98.7 / 1995

3.5 / 1913 

 

Houghton Lake (1919 - Present)

Snowfall

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Snowiest/Year

Record Least Snow/Year

 17.5

 15.9

 +1.6

 N/A

 45.8 / 2008

 1.2 / 1943

 

Alpena (1916 - Present)

Snowfall

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Snowiest/Year

Record Least Snow/Year

22.9 

 19.6

+3.3 

 N/A

 48.1 / 2008

1.8 / 1994 

 

Traverse City* (1930 - 1996 : 2001 - Present)

Snowfall

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Snowiest/Year

Record Least Snow/Year

 31.4

24.6 

+6.8 

 N/A

 50.8 / 1985

3.5 / 1979 

 

Gaylord** (1940 - Present)

Snowfall

Average

Departure

Ranking*

Record Snowiest/Year

Record Least Snow/Year

 29.7

 34.9

-5.2 

 N/A

 60.5 / 1985

10.5 / 1997 

   - all averages are calculated using the 1971 - 2000 period

* Data for Traverse City is derived from a composite of observations taken at both Cherry Capital Airport and the cooperative observing station at Munson Medical Center.  This data is for informational purposes only and does not meet climatological standards.  This data set may include periods with missing data…particularly snowfall data from 1996-2001.

**Data for Gaylord is derived from a composite of observations taken at both Gaylord-Otsego County Airport and the cooperative observing station located near downtown Gaylord.    This data is for informational purposes only and does not meet climatological standards.  This data set may include periods with missing data and data that has been recorded from different observing points throughout history.

( ) = Consistent years of record

* = only rankings in the top 10 will be entered

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